Researchers found that proteins in shea nuts -- which the FDA classifies as a tree nut that could pose allergy risks -- did not trigger an immune response among people who are allergic to nuts. The study suggests that shea nut-derived butter, which is found in diaper creams, baby lotion and other products, may not threaten the body's immune system.
Sausage is an effective carrier of lutein, a carotenoid linked to eye health benefits, researchers say. A study found that 30% of the lutein added to sausages was absorbed by the body, "a higher percentage than has been reported for fruits and vegetables under the same simulated conditions."
A new research report warns of potential eye damage from the use of some herbal remedies and nutritional supplements. The report cited possible dangers from such commonly used supplements as chamomile, ginkgo biloba, licorice, vitamin A and echinacea. The researchers noted many people believe naturally occurring substances are safe and fail to mention their use to doctors, thereby increasing the danger of possible adverse reactions.