by the Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 1 in 3
U.S. adults—an estimated 68 million—according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also referred
to as the ‘Silent Killer’ because of its lack of symptoms,
high blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke,
so it’s crucial to keep your blood pressure in check. Let Noni Be ThyMedicine (for Healthy Blood Pressure)
If blood pressure levels are high, sometimes simple
lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet,
can help to bring levels down to a healthy range.
Stress and tension can exacerbate your blood
pressure. So stress-relieving and relaxation techniques
such as meditation
will also help. For other people,
blood pressure medication
together with nutritional
supplements can help.
NONI TO THE RESCUE
Morinda citrifolia, commonly
known as noni, is assumed to
have originated in Southeast
Asia and was distributed
throughout the Pacific islands
by natural and man-made
means. It is believed that
approximately 2,000 years
ago, ancient peoples of
French Polynesia brought the noni plant with them as
a source of food and medicine when they colonized
the islands of the South Pacific. Written documentation
about the use of noni as food dates back to the
late 1700s when Captain James Cook observed that
the fruit was consumed in Tahiti. Subsequent publications
indicate that noni fruit was commonly eaten
in Fiji, Roratonga, Samoa, Australia, and India. In
addition, the roots and bark of the noni plant were
scraped and pounded to form a yellow or red dye
used to color tapa cloths and clothing.
Doctors have recently discovered that noni,
which we have reported on for helping to treat pain,
sports injuries, diabetes, cancer, skin conditions
and mood, as well as offer health solutions for pets,
may also help maintain healthy blood pressure,
leaving us to ask ourselves this question: What
can’t this magical fruit do?
Here’s one report that sheds light on the ability
of noni to help maintain healthy high blood pressure.
For nearly four years, aerospace scientist
Chuck Jorgensen, PhD, age 65, of Palo Alto, California,
has been successfully using Hawaiian
Health Ohana’s Noni Fruit Leather to maintain
healthy blood pressure—after suffering for years
Coming from a Danish background, Dr. Jorgensen
was intrigued when he came across some
studies on noni’s benefits on blood pressure specifically
for Scandinavians. “I studied herbal medicine
a lot, and it is very useful to look at the genetic differences
in how people respond to different medicines.
I did a lot of research on what worked.”
However, the liquid and powdered noni products
Dr. Jorgensen first tried did not work. It wasn’t until
he took a vacation to the Garden Isle of Kauai and
tried noni fruit leather from Hawaiian Health Ohana
that he discovered the true healing power of noni.
“I tried noni before but with absolutely no
effect…the liquid seemed particularly poor—I think
the pasteurization that it goes through had been
responsible for destroying whatever the active element
was that actually was supposed to work. The
powder was a bit better but often had other parts of
the noni rather than the fruit so it was of dubious
strength, hard to calibrate and not as easy to eat
Like almost everyone who visits Hawaii, Dr. Jorgensen
discovered a wonderful whole food supplement
called Noni Fruit Leather that noni pioneer
Steve Frailey developed in order to capture the
power of the raw fruit (which is highly perishable).
“I was in Kauai on vacation and picked up a
pack of Hawaiian Health Ohana Noni Fruit
Leather—I thought what the heck, might as well try
it out. At that time I was sitting with a blood pressure
that was unpleasantly high shall we say,
185/95. I took the noni that evening and was really startled because the next morning I was at 150/90 and by the day after that I was down into the
140s/85. I thought something is really working here!
Whatever is going on in the processing there is a
big difference between the liquid and dry powdered
noni I had tried previously and something that is in
a more natural state.”
SUPERIOR WHOLE FOOD
Indeed, many products today advertise they contain
noni, but they use miniscule portions. Well, we
have news. Noni is best used as a raw whole food,
even topically, and not as an extract. Don’t expect
to receive great health results where noni is only a
minor component. Noni works best alone. Derived
from 100 percent freshly processed raw whole food
noni, Hawaiian Health Ohana’s Noni Fruit Leather
retains every bit of the phytochemical power that
people are seeking from noni.
“I take ¼ amount of the fruit leather package
each night. I’m now down around 132/80, and it’s
actually been lower than that. I’ve been taking
Hawaiian Health Ohana noni fruit leather for nearly
4 years, and it works!
“The biggest thing I’ve noticed about the noni
is that it seems to drive down the systolic blood
pressure whereas traditional medications that are
often used to treat high blood pressure don’t do a
very good job in controlling systolic.”
WHAT THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE SAYS
Actually, articles on the use of noni for healthy
blood pressure date back more than 50 years with
one of the first articles appearing in Presse Med., a
French medical journal. Dang Van Ho of Vietnam
demonstrated that a total extract of the Noni roots
has a hypotensive effect.
Meantime, Dr. N.K. Moorthy and coworkers
found that an ethanol extract of the noni root lowered
the blood pressure in an anesthetized dog.
Dr. J. Youngken’s research team determined that
using a hot water extract of noni roots also lowered
blood pressure. A Hawaiian physician reported
that noni fruit juice had a diuretic effect, also a key
to maintaining healthy blood pressure (by lowering
sodium levels in the body).
In the December 2002 issue of Acta Pharmacologica
Sinica, researchers from the University
of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of
Pathology, also noted its hypotensive and antiinflammatory
Knowing that the plant works to maintain
healthy blood pressure, researchers have also
begun to explain how and why noni works. In the
January 2010 issue of BMC Complementary and
Alternative Medicine the possible modes of action
for its antispasmodic, vasodilator and cardio-suppressant
effects were studied “to rationalize its
medicinal use in gut and cardiovascular disorders.”
These results suggest that the spasmolytic and
vasodilator effects of noni are mediated
possibly through blockade of
voltage-dependent calcium channels
and release of intracellular
calcium, which may explain the
medicinal use of Morinda citrifolia
in diarrhea and hypertension.
In the June 2004 issue of the Journal
of Ethnopharmacology, researchers at the Food
Science Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia,
studied the vasodilatory actions of nine edible tropical
plant extracts. These plants exhibited more
than a 50 percent relaxing effect on aortic ring
preparations and appear to involve several biochemical
mediators, including nitric oxide,
prostanoids, and endothelium-dependent hyperpolarizing
factors (EDHFs). “This study demonstrates
that many edible plants common in Asian diets to
possess potential health benefits, affording protection
at the vascular endothelium level.”
And noni helps other areas of heart health,
according to the August 2010 issue of Lipids in
Health and Disease. Noni was especially helpful
when cholesterol levels were high and out of balance
and “caused reduction in total cholesterol and
triglyceride levels.” In fact, in high-fat, dietaryinduced
dyslipidemia, noni “caused significant
reduction in total cholesterol, triglyceride, low density
lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), atherogenic
index and TC/HDL ratio.”
There are a number of approaches to maintaining
healthy blood pressure—and remember
you can use whole foods to complement your
medication (check with your doctor, of course).
Whether you choose to use only natural means or
a combination of natural supplements and foods
and prescription medication, noni fruit leather
makes sense. It made all the difference for Chuck
Hawaiian Health Ohana’s Noni Fruit Leather is
raw food, not juice, for greater potency.
“If you’re going to take medicine, you might as
well have food as medicine,” says Dr. Jorgensen.
Hawaiian Health Ohana Noni
Fruit Leather is available at
health food stores nationwide
and at www.real-noni.com.
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