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Noni is a small evergreen tree that can be found in Southeast Asia all the way to Australia, especially in Polynesia. It also grows among lava flows.

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Historically, the noni plant was used externally and internally for a variety of health purposes, alone or in combination with other herbs. Today, the ripe fruit of the noni plant is used for health purposes, including chronic diseases like cancer. The fruit is commonly combined with other fruits to make juice.

› Health Benefits

Noni has been shown to have antioxidant, immune-stimulating and tumor-fighting properties. Further study is needed on noni’s effects on health.

› How much do I need?

The dosage varies depending on age and what it is being used for. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels, and consult your pharmacist, physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Few side effects have been reported from noni usage, but several cases of liver toxicity have been reported in people who have consumed noni. It is unclear whether noni has a negative effect on the liver. Noni contains a substantial amount of potassium.

› Dietary supplements

The fruit and leaves of the noni plant are available in capsules, tablets and teas.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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