It's 1996. Can you name one of the most, if not the most, prevalent vitamin deficiency in the US?
Here are a few vitamins to pick from:
- Vitamin C
- B Vitamins:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
It's probably the most common vitamin deficiency among people who drink lots of alcohol. (Alcohol reduces its absorption and increasing its excretion.)
It's significant that the year is 1996 and the country is the US.
Populations that moved away from plant foods in favor of animal foods for their calories increased their risk for this deficiency.
Clue #4 (And Beauty Tip):
Without enough of this vitamin, cell division slows because its needed to make new DNA. So, wherever there's a high cell turnover - skin, hair, red blood cells, cells that line the intestine, immune cells, neurotransmitters - there's a bigger need for it. Inadequate amounts result in skin inflammations, thinning hair, sallow (anemic) complexion, sallow (depressed) mood, sore tongue, intestinal grief, and insomnia.
A deficiency of this vitamin leads to defects in the development of the neural tube in human embryos that were conceived, like, a few days prior.
Clincher Clue Addendum:
It's because young women in this country were engaging in conception activities and not happening upon the very tangible uterine outcome of such activities until after the vital few post-egg-fertilization, vitamin-requiring days had passed1 that the FDA in 1996 required all enriched grain products to be fortified with this vitamin.
That food-fortification requirement took effect in 1998. In light of supplement use in the US:
Source (pdf): NIH Office of Dietary Supplements,
Who Is Using Dietary Supplements and What are They Using
Some people, it was found, are now getting too much ... folate.