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Also known as morinda or Morinda citrifolia, comes from a small evergreen tree. 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 skin-soothing properties.
References for this information:
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
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