Scientific research shows that redheads are actually genetic superheros

Scientific research shows that redheads are actually genetic superheros

For some reason, gingers are universally maligned by society writ large. They are either touted as unique and sexy or dismissed via a barrage of insults which range from jabs at their temper to unimaginative terms such as "fire-crotch". And while some of the biggest household names out there are blessed with red hair, (think Ed Sheeran, Jessica Chastain and Prince Harry), a substantial amount of conversation still revolves around their hair colour, and what it can tell us about their personality.

One woman, however, has taken it upon herself to settle the dispute over the divisive hair colour once and for all. Erin La Rosa recently published a book entitled, The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red, and inside she claims that not only should people be proud of being ginger, but asserts that there are actually a bunch of biological benefits to being red-haired.

Speaking on how the hair colour can so incense, Erin writes, "It's hard to know what to believe anymore. Our eyes aren't naturally drawn to the fiery embrace of red hair, and yet society gives us mixed messages about what it means to be ginger (some good, some less so)."

She begins by revealing a bunch of super cool facts about being ginger. After alleging that they are the "unicorns of the human world", she states:

"Think about it: We're rare (only two percent of the world's population), we're beautiful (hello, Jessica Chastain), and have the ability to fly (see any of the Weasley family in Harry Potter)."

I mean, if that doesn't have you reaching for the hair-dye, I don't know what will...

And while that's all well and good, Erin believes that gingers are blessed in an even more significant way. She explains that research shows that redheads tend to have higher thresholds for pain, due to the MC1R gene mutation, which is responsible for giving their hair its colour. She quotes a 2003 McGill University study which asserts that ginger women can tolerate up to 25 per cent more pain than those without red hair.
Likewise, The University of Louisville discovered that redheads require 20 per cent more general anesthesia when undergoing a surgical procedure. So in other words, gingers are super resilient creatures.

The benefits of the MC1R don't just end there. The mutation means that redheads need less vitamin D than us ordinary folk, and they're also able to produce more of it in a shorter amount of time.

Finally, Erin referenced a 2005 University of Louisville study which determined that gingers are more sensitive to temperature changes. Research showed that the MC1R gene can exacerbate the temperature-detecting gene, which means that your red-haired friends will be the first to tell you when winter is well-and-truly on its way.

Well, there you have it. If you're graced with ginger hair, there really is no need to feel ashamed, I mean, biologically speaking, you're better off for it.