People use noni for cancer, high blood pressure, athletic performance, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. The FDA has issued multiple warnings to noni manufacturers about health claims that aren't supported by research.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Insufficient Evidence for
- Cancer. Early research suggests that taking 6-8 grams of noni daily might improve physical function, fatigue, and pain in people with advanced cancer.
- Arthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis). Early research suggests that taking noni juice while participating in physiotherapy for 4 weeks can improve neck pain and flexibility better than physiotherapy alone. But physiotherapy alone seems to relieve pain and improve flexibility better than noni juice alone.
- Athletic performance. Early research suggests that drinking a juice containing noni, grapefruit, and blackberry juices for 21 days can increase exercise endurance in distance runners.
- Hearing loss. Early research suggests that drinking 4 ounces of noni juice daily for 3 months does not improve hearing in hearing-impaired women.
- High blood pressure. Early research suggests that drinking 4 ounces of noni juice daily for one month can reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
- Skin infection caused by Leishmania parasites (Leishmania lesions). Early research suggests applying an ointment to the skin that contains noni stem might reduce some of the symptoms of this condition.
- Osteoarthritis. Early research suggests that drinking 3 ounces of noni juice daily for 90 days can reduce the need for pain relievers and improve quality of life in people with osteoarthritis.
- Nausea and vomiting after surgery. Some research shows that noni fruit can reduce nausea after surgery. But it doesn't seem to reduce vomiting.
- Aging skin .
- Common cold.
- Excessive crying in infants (colic).
- Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
- Heart disease.
- Indigestion (dyspepsia).
- Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs).
- Liver disease.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Seizure disorder (epilepsy).
- Stimulating menstrual flow.
- Stomach ulcers.
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Noni is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when used in an ointment.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Kidney disease: Noni contains large amounts of potassium. This can be a problem, especially for people with kidney disease. Don't use noni if you have kidney problems.
High potassium levels: Drinking noni fruit juice might increase potassium levels in the blood and make them too high, especially in people who already have high levels.
Liver disease: Noni has been linked to several cases of liver damage. Avoid using noni if you have liver disease.
Medications for high blood pressure (ACE inhibitors) interacts with NONI
Some medications for high blood pressure can increase potassium levels in the blood. Consuming noni juice along with these medications for high blood pressure might cause too much potassium in the blood.
Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), ramipril (Altace), and others.
Medications for high blood pressure (Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)) interacts with NONI
Some medications for high blood pressure can increase potassium levels in the blood. Consuming noni juice along with these medications for high blood pressure might cause too much potassium to be in the blood.
Some medications for high blood pressure include losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), irbesartan (Avapro), candesartan (Atacand), telmisartan (Micardis), eprosartan (Teveten), and others.
Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with NONI
Noni might harm the liver. Taking noni along with medication that might also harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take noni if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver.
Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with NONI
Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Taking noni juice might decrease how well warfarin (Coumadin) works to slow blood clotting. This could increase the chance of blood clotting.
Water pills (Potassium-sparing diuretics) interacts with NONI
Noni contains large amounts of potassium. Some "water pills" can also increase potassium levels in the body. Taking some "water pills" along with noni might cause too much potassium to be in the body.
Some "water pills" that increase potassium in the body include amiloride (Midamor), spironolactone (Aldactone), and triamterene (Dyrenium).
Be cautious with this combination
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