If you didn’t know, redheads are actually superheroes. They are real-life mutants due to the rare MC1R gene mutation. They not only possess some unique characteristics that you and I don’t (unless of course, you’re a redhead), but they are extremely rare. Of the world’s population, only 2% has red hair. This translates to just about 140 million people in the whole wide world.
That Marilyn Monroe was a redhead? And so are more than 15 of Disney’s best of the best characters, like Princesses Ariel and Merida. Why is there so much fascination about being a ginger? And are redheads really superheroes? Let’s find out.
A redhead’s ability to produce a special chemical called pheomelanin allows them to resist pain, thereby helping them to withstand more pain than the average human. As if that is not enough, science has been baffled by the fact that during surgery, redheads require 20% more anesthesia as compared to other people.
In addition, people with naturally red hair are less likely to have gray hair. Actually, the few who do, only show signs of graying much later than all people with other hair colors. Something even more interesting—studies have revealed that the majority of redheads are left handed. Unfortunately, these studies fail to disclose how this comes about.
Redheads also manufacture more Vitamin D on their own than people with other hair types. This unique capability, however, stems from the lack of enough eumelanin. This makes it impossible for them to absorb enough Vitamin D while basking in the sun, but guess what? They would survive better in low light conditions than any other human on the planet.
These superheroes don’t stop here. Do your research well, and you will find out that there are actually other sub-types of redheads. These include blonde, burnt orange, ginger, and copper. It almost sounds like they are not from the Milky Way galaxy. There is even a two-day global celebration of Redheads every year in September. The celebration, commonly known as Roodharigendag in Dutch culminates in the crowning of a redhead King and Queen.
On a weirder note, bees are actually attracted to people with red hair. Surprised? You should be, because apparently when bees see a redhead, they believe they have found a giant sweet red flower!
How about being cancer-resistant? Ginger men have been found to be 54% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than other men.
If you are envious of redheads, you might want to stop it right there. Genetic science has it that the MC1R gene responsible for red hair can be passed on to generations of people with other hair colors, only for a redhead to surface randomly somewhere down the family tree.
By the way, the Greek myth that claims redheads are vampires is not true. These people are the closest things to angels you will ever meet.