Being a red head might be more special than you think! In the past five years, researchers have found a genetic mutation responsible for those cherry silky locks and angel white skin. Their coloring is special and is the result of a mutation in the MC1R gene which creates the red hair and the very light complexion to exist.
Red heads make up only 2% of the entire human race. Even though they have an uncommon presence in the population, it has been found that they have some unique special human abilities that set them apart from the rest of us.
As more research is concluded, gingers (as they are lovingly referred to) are proving to be the real life X-Men of our species. They possess special abilities that set them apart and make them unique among the many inhabitants of the world.
What Make’s “Gingers” Special?
- A redhead’s snowy white skin, while subject to sunburn, is a sponge for absorbing vitamin D. Scientists believe that this gives them the ability to fight off certain debilitating and potentially deadly illnesses more effectively then blonde’s or brunette’s. Also, they are known for having strong bones.
- Redheads are more sensitive to hot and cold.
- Redheads will never turn grey. Rather with age, their hair will become a blonde color.
- Those with the MC1R mutation are more sensitive to opiate pain killers — which means they’d actually need less — but less sensitive to other types, most notably lidocaine injections. A 2004, research showed that people with red hair needed 20 percent more general anesthesia than blondes and brunettes.
- Redheads are usually more fearful of the dentist than brunette’s and blonde’s. Probably because they are resistant to local pain blockers like Novocaine.
- And finally, pheromones. It has been noted that red heads produce a unique pheromone scent that is very appealing to the opposite sex. More studies need to be done to verify this conclusion.
J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD
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