Noni juice (Morinda citrifolia): hidden potential for hyperkalemia?

Am J Kidney Dis. 2000 Feb;35(2):310-2. doi: 10.1016/s0272-6386(00)70342-8.


We report the case of a man with chronic renal insufficiency who self-medicated with an alternative medicine product known as noni juice (Morinda citrifolia). The patient presented to the clinic with hyperkalemia despite claiming adherence to a low-potassium diet. The potassium concentration in noni juice samples was determined and found to be 56.3 mEq/L, similar to that in orange juice and tomato juice. Herbal remedies and alternative medicine products may be surreptitious sources of potassium in patients with renal disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Fruit / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Hyperkalemia / etiology*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications*
  • Male