I noted, flipping through the paperback Alfa Aesar catalogue today, that they sell deuterium-depleted water. Under the usage category, they list 'NMR'. I'm trying to work out what specific use this water has. Unfortunately, on the basis of very limited clinical evidence of improved cancer outcomes I've been bombarded mostly with companies recommending deuterium depleted water for drinking, which trips my snake oil sensor and is something I doubt Alfa has in mind (at US$1930 per liter, and a US RDI of 3.7 L/day for an adult male, that would seem to be a comically expensive drinking habit.)
I suspect biophysics experiments are a small part of the market for this water, but that there's some other NMR-related use I can't think of, possibly calibration related. What is it?