The noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia L.): A systematic review on anticancer potential and other health beneficial pharmacological activities
Hardeep kaur, Nisha Gurjar and Ruth Gill
Morinda citrifolia has been reported as a n traditional Polynesian medicine for over 2000 years. This review investigated the relationship of fruit juice or its extract to anticancer or other therapeutic properties. More than 160 phytochemicals have been extracted from the plant Morinda citrifolia making it an herbal remedy in curing bacterial, tumorous, anthelminthic, analgesic, viral, fungal, cardiovascular, hypotensive disorders. It even demonstrates beneficial consequences in the conditions like skin diseases, respiratory infections, gastritis, menstrual, diabetes and venereal diseases. All recent studies have shown that noni fruit has antioxidant and antibiotic properties in vitro but we still do not have any scientific evidence which supports its nutritional and medicinal values in humans. However, both the fruit and damnacanthal, an anthraquinone compound extracted from noni roots, are currently being studied in the order of anti-cancer research. In this paper, we deliberate on various phytoconstituents present, ethnobotanical use, pharmacological effects and various biological activities and therapeutic potential of Morinda citrifolia.
Hardeep kaur, Nisha Gurjar, Ruth Gill. The noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia L.): A systematic review on anticancer potential and other health beneficial pharmacological activities. J Med Plants Stud 2018;6(2):86-93.