Noni Juice May Lower Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides in Adult Smokers
Noni, an indigenous plant of the South Pacific used in Polynesian folk medicine for over 2000 years, may lower total cholesterol and triglycerides, according to a study reported today at the American Heart Association's 46th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
After one month's use, noni juice significantly reduced cholesterol and triglycerides in current smokers with elevated cholesterol levels.
"We chose smokers because they tend to have higher total cholesterol levels and are at higher risk for heart disease than nonsmokers," said Mian-Ying Wang, M.D., M.S., lead author of the study and assistant research professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.
Previous studies found that noni juice - made from fruit of Morinda Citrifolia, (noni tree) - had strong antioxidant, anti-coagulation, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Researchers analyzed total serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels of 132 current smokers with cholesterol levels higher than 190 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).