Tuesday March 1, 2016
Noni Fruit: A Powerful Weapon Against Aging
If you're looking for a way to fight aging on multiple fronts, consider noni fruit. Noni fruit can slow down the aging process and prevent future age-related damage to your skin, but it can also rejuvenate skin tone, texture and clarity.
Collagen breakdown in the skin due to excessive UV light and free radical damage is one of the major ways our faces begin to show age. Using noni topically and internally can slow down the breaking down of collagen and even help your body produce some more to fill in fine lines and wrinkles.
What is it about noni fruit that makes it so beneficial for the skin? Read the next section to learn about the most beneficial compounds research has found in raw noni fruit pulp, which is what we use to make all our raw noni products.
Inside Noni fruit: Top Beneficial Compounds
Research has identified over 165 beneficial compounds in pulp of Noni which is why Noni fruit has such a broad base usage. Dr. James Duke lists over 65 traditional uses of Noni fruit on the USDA Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. Last month, we focused on scopoletin, an abundant compound in Noni fruit that addresses pain and inflammation. This month, we’re focusing on anthraquinones and damnacanthal, which can help alleviate your most troubling skin irritations and promote overall good health for the cells of the body.
What are Anthraquinones?
Anthraquinones are a type of phenol produced by some plants. Phenols are reactive molecules that help plants do a variety of things, including deter predators, prevent oxidization, and more. Many phenols, including a number of anthraquinones, have shown evidence of being beneficial for human health.
Some of the anthraquinones in noni fruit fight enzymes that break down collagen in the body, which may slow down the aging process. The anthraquinone most of interest to noni fruit researchers is called damnacanthal, which likely helps protect plants from UV damage.
What Makes Damnacanthal Special?
In humans, damnacanthal has been shown to stimulate T cells.
In fact, the Journal of Medical Foods published a study from Coreana Skin Science Research Center showed that noni fruit extract actually rejuvenated cells’ ability to produce collagen, while slowing down enzymes that destroy collagen. Noni has a “rejuvenating, beneficial effect on cells’ ability to produce basic building blocks of healthy skin.”
For many of us, however, wrinkles aren’t the only way our skin betrays our age! Age spots and other skin discolorations can be an even more frustrating reminder — but noni fruit can help rejuvenate the skin to fade those as well.
Many studies have shown noni’s ability to reduce the appearance of age and UV-related skin discoloration. Noni fruit may help regulate production of melanin, the compound which increases skin pigmentation, and protect against further damage. These studies are covered in detail in an article from Healthy Living Magazine and if you’re interested to learn more, we recommend giving that a read.
How Noni Fruit Promotes Skin Clarity
Noni fruit contains important antioxidants that promote clear healthy looking skin. Topical noni products, like Noni Lavender Lotion, soothe irritated skin and promote skin clarity, reducing the appearance of spots and discoloration. Eating Noni Fruit Leather daily as raw food provides a beneficial source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote overall good health and skin tone.
Healthy skin to you and your family!