The Cook Islands: A little piece of paradise


Travel Blog Cook Islands- Rarotonga (Meaning: South of Tonga) According to conventional modern wisdom, having an authentic local experience is the very definition of good travel. You’ve heard it from travel agents and tour operators. But is it really possible for travelers to live like the locals without a huge price to pay?

In Rarotonga the answer is yes. Hiking through the jungle while smothering your body in Noni Juice to keep the mozzies away the natural way is just the start of what this wonderful island has to offer… And if you’re game enough, you can snack on some more Noni to keep you energised throughout the day.

So before we get into the nitty gritty details of the Island let me expand on what Noni is and why it has been used for centuries throughout the Polynesian counties. The main benefit is that it is an anti-tumour/anti-cancer – Noni stimulates the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an extremely useful substance, one that is at the base of many of noni’s benefits. In this case, it reduces tumour growth and helps your body fight against the cancerous replication of cells. It also contains an immune-modulatory polysaccharide rich substance known as noni-ppt that further fights cancer. The immune boosting properties are also a great help. One more thing that’s important is the amount of phytochemicals in noni that fight cancer. Phytochemicals are found in vegetables and herbs, if eaten regularly will build up preventive amounts. In the case of cancer already being present, noni and other plants with high amounts will slow, stop, or totally reverse the cancer process. The locals are very passionate about this, which is a refreshing change from conventional medicine, especially for those who seek alternative therapies. They are also enthusiastic about other health benefits of noni including protection and healthy functioning of the liver, maintenance of cardiovascular health, relaxed muscles, relief from memory problems and conditions like gout and diabetes. The immense antioxidant potential of noni juice exerts antipsychotic, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, which are valuable in treating conditions like arthritis and disorders related to central nervous system. And I must say… The elders in Rarotonga really do seem to be fighting fit and extremely active even in the 70-90 age bracket. BEWARE: Noni isn’t a beautiful exotic tasting fruit. It is slimy and tastes like a strong dose of Stilton. Sorry to spoil the lovely image you had in your head. View Full Post