Though juice of the noni fruit is used for various medicinal purposes, some side effects like headaches, breathing problems, rashes, and constipation are also associated with it. Let us look into the "not so good" effects, that the consumption of this juice might have on us.
Noni is a flowering plant, which is native to Asia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and the Pacific islands. Noni is scientifically known as Morinda citrifolia, and is also known by the common name Indian mulberry. Noni juice is derived from the fruit, and contains high levels of carbohydrates and low levels of fats. It is also a rich source of dietary fibers and helps in proper digestion. Noni juice is known to cure diseases and ailments, and therefore, has been used for decades by naturopaths and healers.
Noni juice has been constantly proved useful in curing many health problems such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, ulcer problems, digestion problems, etc. Moreover, it has been effective in improving the immune system and safeguarding the body from various diseases and infections. In many people, it has proved vital in improving their bodily functions, leading them towards a healthy life. It is on account of these numerous benefits that the side effects were either overlooked or not known by many. However, it is equally important to be aware of the ill effects, before consuming the juice of noni.
** It has not been scientifically proven that the juice of noni has helped in curing various diseases and ailments, however, regular users of noni juice vouch for its benefits.
Ill Effects of Noni Juice
Noni juice is normally believed to be a near-to-perfect natural remedy, with very few side effects. However, the side effects are observed only if one consumes noni juice in excess quantities or without consulting a doctor regarding its dosage and usage. Here are some noni side effects experienced by a few people.
Noni juice has high levels of sugar, and like any other fruit juice with high sugar content, can prove to be dangerous for diabetics. A diabetic has to be very careful about his diet, and follow the instructions of the doctor carefully. Drinking the juice in moderation has not harmed anyone, however, one must consult the doctor before consumption.
Noni juice contains high levels of potassium. Potassium, as we know, is very important for proper functioning of the body, as it acts as an electrolyte, transports nutrients to cells and removes wastes. However, too much of anything is bad, and this is true for potassium as well. Drinking too much of noni juice can cause a spike in the blood pressure, leading to hazardous consequences. A person suffering from any disease of the kidneys must be very careful, as the disease makes him unable to excrete potassium, and the situation can get triggered due to the consumption of noni juice. A buildup of the mineral can even lead to heart attack.
Consumption of noni juice can lead to miscarriage or other complications in a pregnant woman. It has been found out that noni juice was historically used for abortion. Some preparations of noni juice have been found to contain anthraquinone (a yellow-colored building block of dyes), which is known to discolor the urine and interfere in many tests.
Another side effect of over-consumption of noni juice is constipation. However, it is also true that constipation can be caused due to the over-consumption of any juice. Constipation can further increase to the level of causing damage to the intestines, if not cured immediately.
Minor Side Effects
Apart from the above major side effects of noni juice, there are a few others that can be added to the list. It has been seen that most of the minor side effects wear off within 72 hours.
Headaches: Noni juice, when consumed in sufficient quantities, relieves headaches and migraine problems. However, an excessive intake might, in turn, result in a headache.
Coughing: In rare cases, prolonged intake of noni juice can develop cough problems. But, not much evidence is available in this regard.
Rashes on Skin: In some cases, skin rashes, accompanied by itching, has also been observed.
Breathing Problems: Some people have also reported to have suffered from breathing problems (difficulty in breathing or falling short of breath), due to the intake of noni juice.
Other Problems: Other commonly observed side effects of noni juice are joint pain, fatigue and tiredness, diarrhea, heavy periods in women, acne, bloating, gas problems, bad breath, and bad odor in urine.
Though noni brings with it a few side effects, we cannot deny the fact that it claims to have certain antioxidant and immune-stimulating properties. It is also true that like any other drug or supplement, it needs to be consumed with precaution and under the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner, who is well aware of your medical history. Though noni juice is unsuitable for many people, it has proved to be beneficial for many others.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.