Also known as morinda or Morinda citrifolia
, comes from a small evergreen tree. The juice from this tree is purported to cure various health conditions, from cancer to obesity to sexual dysfunction. The research on this juice and its alleged health effects is considered “very preliminary” or “questionable,” and has yet to be supported by large-scale studies. Its primary benefit for skin, like that of most plants, is as a source of antioxidants. However, there are dozens and dozens of antioxidants with significant research on their benefits for skin, whereas very little exists for morinda. Like most antioxidant plants, noni (morindsa) also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Note: excessive oral consumption (drinking) of the brand name Tahitian Noni Juice may cause liver damage. This juice is distributed by Tahitian Noni International. Consuming smaller (less than 3 ounces) amounts of this juice doesn’t appear to harm the liver (Sources: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2011, pages 108–115; The Journal of Toxicological Sciences, October 2009, pages 581–585; Journal of Natural Medicines, July 2009, pages 351–354; Planta Medica, March 2007, pages 191–199; and www.naturaldatabase.com).