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Mythbuster - Noni juice

Noni juice comes from a Polynesian plant. Bandolier was sent literature, and readers asked if it worked.

The literature we received claimed an analysis of 15,000 patients treated with noni juice for conditions spanning the A-Z of clinical conditions, from allergy, though arthritis, asthma, cancer, HIV, obesity, to well being. The claims for benefit were usually in the 70%-90% range.

A brief search revealed a systematic review [1]. Neither this, nor any other searches found any reports in the medical literature of randomised trials, or any trials of any sort, for that matter. Diluted noni juice does funny things to cells in test tubes, but then so might diluted orange juice.

Comment

Noni juice has no respectable evidence to back up any claims. The one guarantee is that it relieves your pocket of money because it is very expensive. The unrequested literature Bandolier received suggested something of a get-rich-quick sales operation. Caveat emptor.

Reference:

  1. M-Y Wang et al. Morinda citrifolia (Noni): a literature review and recent advances in Noni research. Acta Pharmacologica Sinica 2002 23: 1127-1141.

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