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04.07.2010


More stamina for endurance athletes with two cups of noni juice daily

More stamina for endurance athletes with two cups of noni juice daily
A couple of sips of noni juice each day will help trained endurance athletes to extend their performance, according to an article published by researchers at the Tahitian Noni International Research Center. You won't find the journal in PubMed though. We sceptical webzine workers have our doubts about this study, but there's no denying it: the results are impressive.

The researchers gave 20 well-trained endurance athletes 100 ml noni juice twice a day for 3 weeks on the trot. This was the TNJ group. The full name of the juice they drank is Tahitian Noni Juice. A placebo group was given two cups of blackberry juice instead.

After 21 days the researchers got the athletes to run on a treadmill, increasing the level of exertion every minute. The table below shows that the noni-athletes held out for 21 percent longer than the athletes in the placebo group.


More stamina for endurance athletes with two cups of noni juice daily


The researchers speculate that it is the antioxidant effect of the noni juice that is responsible for the ergogenic effect. They base their reasoning on the blood analysis that they did on the test subjects. In the table below you can see that 25 percent less unsaturated fatty acids were affected by free radicals in the athletes who drank noni juice.


More stamina for endurance athletes with two cups of noni juice daily


The results of this study confirm those of an animal study, which by the way was also done at the Tahitian Noni International Research Center. In that experiment, elderly mice were given noni juice and then made to swim in an aquarium. The researchers recorded how long the mice managed to keep their head above water. [Phytother Res. 2007 Nov; 21(11): 1100-1.] The noni juice restored the elderly mice's fitness to levels found in young mice.


More stamina for endurance athletes with two cups of noni juice daily


The noni juice used in the experiments was produced by Tahitian Noni International. The producer and the Tahitian Noni International Research Center have the same address: 737 East 1180 South, American Fork, Utah 84003 USA. Hmmm...

Must be a coincidence.

Source:
Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 2008 Jul 2(7): 154-8.

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