Noni Health Terms
Scopoletin belongs to a group called coumarins. Coumarins are phytochemicals that contain anti-fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. Coumarins can also help with blood pressure by increasing blood flow and decreasing capillary permeability. Since scopoletin is in the coumarin family, scopoletin also seems help regulate the blood pressure, pain management, and fight against bacteria.
Scopoletin has antibacterial activity against various bacteria:
- Escherichia coli (Ecoli)
- Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)
- Streptococcus (Strep)
- Klebsiella pneumoniae (a source for pneumonia and urinary tract infections)
Sources of scopoletin:
- Passion Flower
In many studies, scopoletin has made a name for itself as a potent painkiller. One study published in Phytotherapy Research (24:38-42) by researchers from the University Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, reported that noni fruit’s analgesic activity “reduced the pain sensitivity comparably to the central analgesic drug tramadol.” When extracts of noni fruit puree were applied, the “effect was comparable to hydrocortisone.” The best part — noni fruit has no side effects or known toxic level.