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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

You may know by now that Jamaica is home to many fruits, herbs and natural remedies. One fruit that you may not have heard about is the Jamaican Noni, also known as Duppy Sour, and believe me, with its taste the nickname, is certainly fitting. 

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Noni which is scientifically known as Morinda citrifolia, is a tropical gem with a rich history of traditional use for its remarkable health and beauty benefits. It is native to Southeast Asia but widely grown here in Jamaica and other tropical regions. It has earned quite a reputation as a nutritional powerhouse due to its impressive array of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

Here in Jamaica, it is used for many things, but certainly not eaten as you would a regular fruit. The fruit has a pungent and rancid taste and smell, but despite that, it has some incredible nutritional value.

Nutritional Value

Noni is packed with essential nutrients, making it a valuable addition to a balanced diet. 

  1. Vitamins: Noni is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B3 (niacin), all of which play crucial roles in immune support, skin health, and energy metabolism.
  2. Minerals: It contains essential minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which are vital for maintaining proper bodily functions, including muscle and nerve health.
  3. Antioxidants: Noni is packed with antioxidants, such as quercetin, anthocyanins, and catechins, which help combat oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and protect cells from damage.
  4. Phytonutrients: Noni is a source of phytonutrients like lignans, polysaccharides, and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

Health Benefits

Immune Support: The high vitamin C content in Noni supports a healthy immune system, aiding the body in warding off infections and illnesses.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Noni's antioxidants and phytonutrients contribute to its anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
  2. Pain Relief: Some traditional practices use Noni for pain relief, attributing its effectiveness to its analgesic properties.
  3. Digestive Health: Noni has been traditionally used to promote digestive health, aiding in digestion and potentially alleviating constipation. The fruit is an accessible source of selenium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin C, as well as other essential trace minerals for the body. It is advantageous for treating IBS because it is also high in fiber.
  4. Skin Health: The topical application of Noni juice or oil can help improve skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Hair Growth Benefits

Noni is not just beneficial for overall health; One of the main reasons we use it here in Jamaica is for hair growth. Here's why:

  1. Scalp Health: Noni contains antioxidants and nutrients that nourish the scalp and help maintain a healthy environment for hair growth. A healthy scalp is essential for strong, vibrant hair.
  2. Hair Follicle Strengthening: The vitamins and minerals in Noni can fortify hair follicles, reducing breakage and promoting hair growth.
  3. DHT Inhibition: Noni may help inhibit the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone linked to hair loss in some individuals.

Ways to Use Jamaican Noni

  • Fresh Consumption: Can you have noni as a fresh fruit? Absolutely, however, the taste is not pleasant, nor the smell, especially when ripe.
  • Noni Juice: Adding the fruit to juices or smoothies may be a great way to mask the taste and smell, while still reaping some of its health benefits. 
  • Topical Applications: Noni oil or juice can be applied directly to the skin and scalp to enjoy its skin and hair benefits. Always perform a patch test to check for allergies or sensitivity.
  • Noni Supplements: Noni supplements, available in capsule or powder form, offer a convenient way to incorporate Noni into your daily routine.
  • Drained: We typically place the fruits in clear plastic bags and hang them up for a few days so they can be drained. The juice that is collected at the bottom of the bag is then used to steam our hair, or sometimes take a tbsp per day for a cleanse.

Noni is a treasure trove of nutrition and health benefits. Its rich blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients makes it a valuable addition to your diet. From immune support to skin health and even promoting hair growth, Noni offers a wide range of advantages. Whether you consume it fresh, as juice, or as a supplement, the Jamaican Noni fruit is certainly worth trying. 

Check out this video where Wellesley talks about the Noni and several other Jamaican products that could be incredibly profitable.

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References & Sources For Health Benefits of the Jamaican Noni Fruit

  1. Writer, S. (2019, September 30). The Health Benefits of Noni - Jamaicans.com. Jamaicans.com. https://jamaicans.com/the-health-benefits-of-noni/
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