Is The Noni Berry Really A Super Fruit?
The Noni berry is one of those foods which has been consumed for thousands of years, yet has only recently burst upon the scene as the latest super fruit. A super fruit, is a fruit which scores at or near the top of the nutritional chart when it comes to things to eat that are very, very good for you. Other super fruits include the blueberry and the pomegranate.
There is little doubt that the Noni berry belongs in the super fruit category. It is highly nutritious, and from the standpoint of health, the Noni berry, like the blueberry, is high in antioxidants. Coming from the Pacific islands, primarily from Tahiti, but from Hawaii as well, the Noni berry is also a somewhat exotic fruit. Consequently there is currently somewhat of a Noni berry fad in the works, where not only the fruit itself is being promoted, if you can find it on the market, but all sorts of juices (including Snapple), powders, cremes, lotions and cosmetics are being advertised as well.
A Cure For What Ails You? - It can be sometimes be difficult to get an objective analysis of something that is being widely promoted as a cure for all sorts of ailments. There is even a Noni berry diet which supposedly leads to weight loss, though there is no evidence supporting the fact that the fruit contributes in any way to weight loss. Of course if you eat healthy foods, and the Noni berry certainly is one of those, exercise and count calories, you're probably going to lose weight, whether the diet is centered around blueberries, grapefruit, or Noni berries.
Other advertisements will tell you, since the Noni berry is rich in antioxidants, it reduces the effects of harmful free radicals in the body. This is true. The advertisements go on to say that since free radicals contribute to a host of diseases including congestive heart failure, macular degeneration, stroke, heart disease, and several types of cancer, Noni berries will help prevent the occurrence of any of these conditions. There is an element of truth in this, but the same claim can be made for a number of other food items, blueberries for example. Yet none of those food items absolutely prevent the diseases or cure them.
Beware High Prices - Pure Noni berry juices and products containing Noni berries are expensive. On the one hand, the Pacific islanders have been drinking it for hundreds of years, so it shouldn't be all that expensive. On the other hand, the Noni berry is not cultivated widely, and if there is a sudden demand, real or artificially created, and low supply, the price can be expected to be high. It also appears in looking at the advertisements for Noni berry products, that multi-level marketing (MLM) has reared its head. While MLM has its pros and cons, one thing about it is products tend to be aggressively marketed, and it can be difficult at times to separate the facts from the hype and exaggerations. Just because you may not have heard about the Noni berry before, and everyone seems to be promoting it, doesn't mean you've been missing out on anything.
It seems that what we have is indeed a super fruit, a highly nutritious fruit with definite disease fighting attributes. If you can get the fruit or the juice at what you consider a reasonable price, by all means try it. Just beware that some of the products out there which claim to contain the Noni berry may not be all they claim to be. In addition, if you purchase Noni berry supplements or powders, read the label, so you know what other ingredients are included. The Noni berry may be good for you, something else in the mix might not.