made by Herbex in Fiji from sun ripened wild harvest Noni fruit, is certified organic and safe to consume.
These substances consist of a large group of naturally occurring chemicals found in higher plants such as the Noni plant, as well as in lower plants
such as the mosses, lichens and fungi. It is interesting to note that they may also be found in some sea animals and algae.
Some anthraquinones have been used more commonly as dyes and pigments and analytical reagents in research studies.
However, anthraquinones have a wide variety of biological activities attributed to them. They also have very low toxicity. Some of this biological activity includes fighting inflammation, bacteria, parasites and tumours. Some of these compounds are also considered analgesics (pain relievers). Studies with Morinda citrifolia have confirmed the juice of this plant to be strongly analgesic (ie. pain-relieving). In fact such studies indicate it is 75% as effective as morphine sulphate without the toxic side effects of morphine. research studies.
Anthraquinones are also used to fight fungal infections as well as possessing the ability to improve the immunity of the body. Anthraquinones participate in the processes of metabolism, cellular respiration and growth. As a result of research carried out in Japan in 1993 it is now believed that damnacanthal, one of this group of compounds, is able to inhibit the formation of tumours by interfering with the growth of RAS Cells.
These cells are the precursors of many malignant growths. It is also believed that damnacanthal and some of the other anthraquinones may cut off
the blood supply to tumours, thereby depriving them of their nutrients. This could account for the many stories from medical practitioners and
cancer patients alike about the reduction of tumour size after having drunk large quantities of Noni juice for some time.
These researchers also note that the anthraquinones may be responsible for some ,damaging peroxidating activity which is damage done to cells by oxidation. However, when anthraquinones are found in a synergistic formula such as Noni juice, then the strong anti-oxidant effects of other components, such as beta-carotene will overcome many negative effects. Beta-carotene mops up free radicals of oxygen very efficiently.
Evidence suggests that anti oxidants in Noni include beta carotene, vitamins E & C, and c %stine which combat the potentiallv destructive oxidative
effects of the environment in our cells. A basic requirement of good health is our hody's ability to supply adequate anti-oxidants to meet our
Extracts of damnacanthal have been shown to kill the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, the organism that causes malaria. Malaria is considered one of the biggest health problems in the world today, especially in developing nations. During World War II this disease was a major challenge to troops. It was recorded that five times as many soldiers in the South Pacific area were incapacitated by malaria than by combat. Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax (another form of the parasite) account for over 95% of malarial infections in the world world today.
This makes any substance containing damnacanthal extremely important in the tropical areas where the malarial parasite abounds. It is probably no
coincidence that Noni is plentiful in such areas.
Alizarin, another anthraquinone, is the parent form of many dyes and pigments used in industry and medical research.
It also has some medical applications and has proven itself to be another useful combatant in the fight against leishmaniasis when taken
together with other drugs used for the same purpose.
It is of interest to note that alizarin also inhibits the human immunodeficiency virus HIV
Some anthraquinones isolated from other plants were found to significantly "tie up" the mineral calcium and reduce the growth rate of urinary crystals
This is good news for those affected with gout or kidney stones.