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Can Noni Help Celiacs?

By: Steve Frailey Thursday January 21, 2016 comments Tags: phytochemicals, scopoletin, noni for pain, natural pain relief, raw food noni


One of the best parts of the work we do at Hawaiian Organic Noni is getting to hear the testimonials that come in from people whose lives have been changed for the better by noni.

Not only do your testimonials inspire us, but they also give us new information about uses for noni and new ailments that noni can help with! We get some of our best ideas from you, so keep them coming.

I recently received a call from a woman who attended our farm tour several weeks ago, and who has been taking the Noni Fruit Leather since that time. She suffers from celiac, and had some pretty serious symptoms. She told me that after eating, she would almost always have upset stomach, pain, and even some flu-like symptoms.

Before noni, she was spending about $500 per month on supplements etc, trying to find a solution, and nothing was working. However, since she started taking Noni Fruit Leather, everything changed for her. Her symptoms are almost totally gone.

I was surprised that noni had the power to take on celiac symptoms — but at this point, I guess I should stop being surprised at how much this little fruit can do!

And we do know that noni definitely has the power to soothe the digestive system and regulate immune response. Here’s how noni may have helped soothe this woman’s celiac symptoms. 

Immune Response: A Delicate Balance

The human immune system is one of the most amazing systems in the body, but it can also cause serious problems. It turns out, our immune response is just as good at attacking our bodies as it is at attacking germs, and when it gets confused, there can be serious consequences.


Most allergies are caused by an immune response that gets out of hand. The immune system mistakenly thinks that a harmless stimulus (like a bee sting, a peanut, or tree pollen) is a serious risk to the body, and attacks.

The hives, swelling, sneezing, and inflammation that go with allergies are the body’s way of trying to fight off something that wasn’t dangerous in the first place. Allergies are on the rise the world around, and many experts think it’s actually because we’re weakening our immune systems through poor diet, inadequate exercise, and not enough exposure to organic, local plants.

Celiac Disease

Celiac isn’t exactly an allergy, but it operates in a similar way. It’s an autoimmune disorder that causes an extreme response to the presence of gluten in the small intestine. When a person with celiac eats gluten, the body attacks the small intestine, resulting in damage to the lining of the small intestine.

There is currently no treatment for celiac other than a strict gluten-free diet. Even tiny fragments of gluten, as in crumbs from a toaster or a pan that wasn’t cleaned enough, can cause intestinal damage.

It’s a very painful disease to live with, and can cause poor nutrient absorption, intestinal cancer, and other autoimmune disorders.

How Noni Fruit Can Help

Noni has helped many of our customers get relief from allergy symptoms. It’s great for topical allergic reactions, such as the rash you get from contact with poison oak or poison ivy, acne, eczema, psoriasis and sunburn.

Noni is able to do this mainly by relieving inflammation. Inflammation is both the cause and symptom of many allergic reactions, and is a major symptom of celiac. Noni helps relieve the inflammation, which increases the sufferer’s comfort and possibly limits damage to the intestines.

Managing Pain: Natural Pain Relief

Celiac disease causes extreme pain as the small intestines are damaged by an excessive immune response. One major reason the woman from the testimonial likely experienced relief is, noni is an extremely powerful painkiller.

Noni contains a high concentration of the phytochemical scopoletin, which is a painkiller being actively tested for its pain-relieving properties. Studies have shown that this compound in noni causes the fruit to reduce pain sensitivity in a manner similar to tramadol, hydrocortisone, and even morphine with no negative side effects.

In Conclusion

We don’t know exactly why Noni Fruit Leather had such a powerful impact on the woman who called me, but hopefully science will catch up soon to explain what we see in our personal experience. However, from our experience noni as a raw food feeds the cells of the body and brings the body into perfect balance. For now, if you suffer from celiac, try noni in addition to your gluten-free diet — and let us know what results you get!


Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.