Choline and inositol are classed as vitamin B complex factors, they are not considered as essential vitamins because the human body can synthesise them. ~ info on some choline supplement on amazon
yeah, i'm thinking we produce and eat enough to be healthy, which is why we never hear about choline
this is a semi-stupid statement, but if beef has so much choline in it, then either grass is a amazing source of choline, or the body produces it naturally
could be stupid because it could be a cumulative effect of eating 2mg/day over 5 years
either way, i aint worried, if i find a supplement or something with extra choline, i'll give it a shot, but i'm not too concerned
Your beef-and-grass statement is actually a pretty good point. Bovines and other larger mammals like us seem to be the main ones that need dietary choline. But I would like to point out that there seems to be a HUGE difference in the internal production of choline for humans compared to smaller mammals and most other animals in general. Either way, it seems pretty obvious that there is SOME need for dietary choline.
The body does produce choline, but not enough. It is generally recognized that you need dietary choline. Read this: http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/choline
Now I feel a little better about choline for a couple reasons:
1. I get the feeling that because one of the main functions of choline seems to be removing triglycerides from the liver, us vegan folk probably do not need as much as meat eaters.
2. Several factors such as getting enough vitamin b-12 and balanced hormonal levels contribute to healthy levels of choline production in the body. Once again, vegan folks have an advantage in this area.
In short, I am going to add soy lecithin to my regimen just to make sure and make it less of a big deal. I know it isn't ideal, but I am trying to simplify my diet as much as possible (which automatically means less variety) and so this is something I should take into consideration.