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THIS TROPICAL TONIC MAY HELP WITH A NUMBER OF HEALTH ISSUES, INCLUDING OBESITY

If improving your health and losing weight are part of your 2006 resolution list, there's a tropical supplement that may aid in your quests: noni. For centuries, people in the South Pacific have used noni (Morinda citrifolia) to treat a number of health issues, from high blood pressure to headaches.

Today, there is promising research on noni's possible role in treating breast and colon cancer. Initial studies show that the tropical fruit may deter disease development and tumor growth. Currently, the National Institutes of Health is working to pinpoint noni's cancer-fighting abilities in a Phase I clinical trial — done to determine a treatment's safety, side effects, correct dosage and how the body responds to the treatment.

There is evidence that suggests noni could battle obesity as well. Neil Solomon, MD, PhD, author of numerous hooks on noni, including Noni Juice: How Much, How Often, For What, surveyed 1,227 health professionals who represented more than 25,314 noni juice drinkers from 80 countries. "Of the 5,526 people who drank noni juice to help with weight problems, 72 percent reported that they lost weight," he says.

Solomon found that people who lost weight with noni drank 2½ oz. (5 Tbs.) of the juice per day. He recommends these general guidelines for adults: Begin with a testing dose of 1 tsp. of noni before breakfast and 1 tsp. before dinner for 3 days to make sure there aren't any adverse reactions (see below). If you don't have problems with it, jump to 4 Tbs. twice a day for a month. For the next 5 months, take 4 Tbs. before breakfast and 2 Tbs. before dinner, and then move to a maintenance dose of 2 Tbs. twice a day for as long as you want.

There are a few possible side effects from taking noni. Some people may experience rare allergic reactions, and noni's high potassium content can be problematic for people with kidney disease. As always, check with your health care provider before taking any new supplement. Then you can feel good about making noni part of your resolution regimen. Here's to a healthy 2006!

PHOTO (COLOR): EARTH'S BOUNTY NONI JUICE whole-fruit capsules have 100% noni juice.
PHOTO (COLOR): TAHITI TRADER NONI provides 10,000mg of extract per ounce.
PHOTO (COLOR): HAWAIIAN HEALTH OHANA NONI FRUIT LEATHER eaten plain or dissolved in warm water as a beverage.
PHOTO (COLOR): FLORA PURE HAWAIIAN NONI JUICE is 100% pure concentrated noni.
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By Linda A. Odum

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Nature's Powerful Juices

Today more than ever people are discovering the delicious healthy benefits of natural fruit juices Noni, Wolfberry, Acai Berry Mangosteen

Originally recognized by earliest man as a plentiful and appetite appeasing source of food, our relationship with indigenous plants has evolved through experiencing their basic health benefits as energizers, sedatives, topical treatments for cuts, bruises and burns, laxatives, etc.

Each plant contains a unique amalgam of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, 'beneficial alkaloids, cofactors, plant sterols, and the full spectrum of amino acids that has enabled them to survive and flourish in the changing and now challenging environment, which has influenced their habitat for eons.

For thousands of years, native healers have used the leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and fruit of these indigenous plants to prepare effective remedies for hundreds of diseases and health challenges. From centuries of miracles in the natural World to scrutiny by scientists in the laboratory, these substances have produced significant results.

Over the past few decades, techniques have been developed that make it easier to study and document the beneficial effects and nutritional make up of natural substances found in fruit juices. The research has shown that those compounds and constitution play a vital role in the prevention of numerous diseases, especially those related to aging, such as cancer, coronary vascular disease and diabetes.

The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test is an emerged standard by which science measures antioxidant activity in foods and natural supplements. Antioxidants are important to protect the body's cells from damage caused by free radicals (reactive oxygen species). Cell membranes are susceptible to free radicals because they are largely composed of fatty acids (lipid bilayer). Polyunsaturated fatty acids are particularly susceptible to free-radical-mediate oxidation because of their unique structure. Cell membrane damage due to oxidation of fatty acid membrane components (lipid peroxidation) can lead to the disruption of the function and structure of whole cells. Furthermore, for good health it is important to maintain normal levels of lipid peroxidation of lipoproteins.

These dietary antioxidants, or free radical-scavengers, have been shown to play a preventive role in protecting a person's health. High levels of antioxidant activity, as determined by ORAC, have been found to be present in a number of the fruits and berries of these indigenous plants, which have been recognized for their therapeutic value for centuries. As a result, we continue to explore how to provide convenient vehicles for accessing the constituents found in these foods, such as phenols and polyphenols, which are significant contributors to antioxidant activity. in the human body, and delivering them in a manner that is efficacious, reasonable and affordable.

Following are profiles of four nutritious natural juices created from nature's "super fruits." Noni was the first of these fruits to gain broad recognition in the United States for its traditional and research proven benefits. Today, with increasing understanding of their potential as basic to both establishing and maintaining optimum as well as therapeutic potential, the natural fruit juice category is literally exploding. Each of these extraordinary, refreshing juices is bursting with flavor and minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Also, each delivers its own unique amalgam of nutrients, and all of them are healthy substitutes to regular diet soft drinks. Try mixing them with other juices, water or sparkling water for a delicious, healthy beverage alternative…and drink to your health.

Protect--Rejuvenate and Heal with Noni

Historically, noni comes from the South Pacific Islands of Tahiti and other tropical locations. Noni has been used medicinally for thousands of years by Polynesian healers. The fruit from the noni (Morinda citrifolia) plant is now touted by mainstream medical physicians, biochemists, herbalists, and medical researchers as a healing substance for the human body.

For over 2,000 years Polynesian healers have used noni leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and fruit to prepare effective remedies for hundreds of diseases and health challenges. It is considered "the sacred plant." From centuries of miracles in the natural world to scrutiny by scientists in the laboratory, noni has produced incredible results. Noni contains naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, beneficial alkaloids, cofactors, and plant sterols. In addition, the noni leaves and roots contain the full spectrum of amino acids, which makes products from the leaves and roots a perfect source of complete protein.

Noni has been used to treat conditions that affect the respiratory, digestive, nervous, and immune systems. It was also used to treat joint, skin, and skeletal problems.

Traditionally, the noni plant was and still is used to treat pain, inflammation, burns and other skin afflictions, intestinal worms, nausea, food poisoning, fever, infections, wounds, diarrhea, constipation, menstrual cramps, insect and animal bites, and the conditions of aging.

Noni has proven beneficial to the body by lowering blood pressure. Noni juice also exhibits anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral, anti-tumor, and antihistamine properties. Noni fruit is rich in vitamin C and selenium, essential nutrients that give our body anti-oxidant protection. Scientific studies show that noni has the potential to stimulate the immune system, inhibit tumor growth, regulate proper cell function, purify the blood, and regenerate damaged cells.
Noni juice has also been shown to increase the ability of cells within the body to absorb and utilize nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Noni contains enzymes that promote more complete digestion and that inhibit the growth of fungi and yeast in the digestive tract. Noni can provide relief from allergies and arthritic joint pain plus shorten the duration of infections such as influenza and the common cold.

Noni contains a variety of beneficial phytochemicals, some of which are not found in any other known plant. These phytochemicals work synergistically to enhance biologically the expression of each individual component found in noni.
Noni is also known to alleviate many kinds of pain, emotional as well as physical. Noni contains a chemical called Scopoletin, which has the ability to convert specific brain proteins into active receptor sites for endorphins, otherwise known as the well-being hormones Endorphins are chemicals with potent analgesic (pain relieving) properties.

Noni and Immune System Disorders

Dr. Darryl M. See, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California's College of Medicine at Irvine, has published several textbook chapters and over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles on chronic viral illness and immunological disorders.

Dr. See has tested more than 400 natural products for safety and immunological enhancement. He found noni juice to be extraordinary and stated that the noni juice he subjected to vigorous testing in the laboratory was totally nontoxic to cells of the immune system and other cells of the body studied, and that it did not disrupt the function of normal immune system balance.

Dr. See's laboratory studies also showed that the noni juice he tested dramatically increased natural killer cell (NK cell) function in persons having normal immune systems. Those with compromised immune systems, such as persons afflicted with HIV disease, AIDS, and chronic fatigue syndrome, had responses that are even more dramatic. Dr. See reported receiving numerous anecdotal reports from patients who enjoyed astounding health improvements.

ACAI BERRY

Acia (Euterpe oleracea) is a palm tree that grows throughout the Amazon basin. The fruit of the acai is small and dark purple or black in color, about the size of a grape.

The natives of the Brazilian rain forests have used acia berry for thousands of years. They believe that acai has healing powers. Modern science has discovered many nutrients in the acai berry, including vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron,' potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, as well as a concentration of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, and phytonutrients (healthy chemicals that are only found in plants) called anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are the rising stars of nutritional science and deserve special attention. Anthocyanins are the purple pigments that give acai fruits, red grape skins, and other dark berries their rich color. These phytonutrients have successfully been used to treat and prevent a wide range of conditions, including high cholesterol, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and varicose veins. Anthocyanins also protect artery walls from the damage that can lead to plaque buildup and heart disease. Acia juice provides more anthocyanins than either blueberries or grapes, two dark purple fruits that have been studied extensively for their free radical destroying properties. The combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and anthocyanins found in the acai fruit make it one of the highest antioxidant-producing fruits and may be very helpful as a cancer-preventing agent.

Acai berries are also an abundant source of protein and dietary fiber. They deliver significant levels of omega-6, and 9 fatty acids and are considered to help in delaying the aging process.

With all of the attributes credited to and accolades being paid to the acai juice, it is certainly a valued consideration for any individual committed to optimum health.

WOLFBERRY

Wolfberry, is a small, raisin-sized red fruit that is grown on a vine. It has been prized for its nutritional and healing value in traditional Asian medicine for countless generations. Science has isolated at least four unique polysaccharities, which are phytonutrients compounds that "amplify signals" between cells and improve immune defense.
The health promoting and medicinal benefits of the wolfberry plant have been recognized in China for thousands, of years. According to Chinese traditional medicine, wolfberry possesses yang energy, enhancing and strengthening the eyes, lungs, liver, heart, and kidneys. Wolfberry is also considered a blood and energy tonic useful in the treatment of a number of conditions, including fatigue, highblood pressure, diabetes, cancer, premature aging, high cholesterol, impatience, and poor vision and eye diseases.

In recent years, studies by both Chinese and western scientists have confirmed that wolfberry is effective in reinforcing the immune system, improving vision, supporting liver function, regulating healthy blood pressure, promoting antiaging, and delivering powerful antioxidant activity. Numerous studies have also shown that wolfberry stops the growth of cancer cells and contains compounds that prevent cells from mutating.

MANGOSTEEN

The people of Southeast Asia have treasured mangosteen for thousands of years for its health benefits. Mangosteen is called the queen of fruits in recognition of its incredible flavor.

As with noni, acai, and wolfberry mangosteen has been highly regarded as a traditional medicine showing success in treating a wide variety of conditions including dysentery, diarrhea, eczema, infections, burns, headaches, fever reduction, and a number of other common health conditions. The fruit also has an extraordinary high antioxidant ORAC value, which provides the body with the ammunition to fight the constant attack of free radicals, generated by our toxic environment.

While at this juncture there are no formal medical studies to report, the known benefits of mangosteen juice suggest it could be considered as an addition to a well balanced nutrition diet to help promote a healthy lifestyle.

In summary supplementing our diets with health promoting and therapeutic juice, whether consumed separately or in a multi-juice blend, warrants consideration as a sustaining ingredient in your self-managed natural health program. However under no circumstances should you use these substances to either treat a disease or condition or as a substitute to a prescribed medicine without consulting your physician.

Research indicates noni is useful for a wide variety of conditions, including:

* Producing unique anti-pain and anti-inflammatory effects.

* Regulating cell function and regeneration of damaged cells. Since noni seems to operate on the very basic and critical cellular level, it is useful for a wide variety of conditions.

* Fighting against many types of bacteria, including E. coli.

* Stimulating the production of T-cells in the immune system. (T-cells play a pivotal role in fighting off disease.)
* Inhibiting the growth of cancerous tumors. Damnacanthal, a compound found in Morinda citrifolia, was found to inhibit precancerous function.

* Generating adatogenic properties.

* Stimulating and enhancing the immune system, including macrophages and lymphocytes--vital components of the white blood cells and the body's natural defenses.

PHOTO (COLOR): Noni
PHOTO (COLOR): Wolfberry
PHOTO (COLOR): Acid Berry
PHOTO (COLOR): Mangosteen
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Illustrations by Jeff Ham