Did you know that only about 1 – 2 percent of the population are redheads? According to The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red by Erin La Rosa, redheads more than just unique in appearance. She calls them the “unicorns of the human world,” and they enjoy many biological benefits as well.

What Makes a Redhead?

No wonder red heads get so much attention. They are obviously special and rare. The red locks are caused by a gene mutation called MC1R and is related to a pigment called pheomelanin that makes the hair red.


While redhead children may be embarrassed by being different, they should be proud and celebrate being a ginger. After all, they have quite a fun group among them such Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran, Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore and fictional characters like Anne of Green Gables and Jessica Rabbit.

Are they really Superheros?

La Rosa explains that thanks to the MC1R gene mutation, redheads handle pain more effectively than the rest of the population. A 2003 McGill University study has found the same discovering that those with natural red hair can tolerate pain 25 percent more than others. This alone makes them super resilient.

Another study by the University of Louisville has found that redheads are more sensitive to temperature changes. They can actually tell sooner when winter is on it’s way. This may not be so pleasant for some, but it is certainly a superpower! Who needs a weather frog if your redhead friend can tell you what to expect?


Speaking of superpowers, redheads also produce vitamin D more effectively than most people, therefore require less than most. Considering that most of the population is deficient in vitamin D, an essential vitamin that can fight diseases like MS, heart disease, the flu, depression, fibromyalgia and even help weight loss, having the natural ability to produce the vitamin is an added bonus.

Reading about all these benefits, all non-redheads will wish they were born ginger too. If you are a redhead you should not only celebrate your beautiful hair but all the health advantages it brings you.


Are you a redhead? Do you know any amazing redheads? What superpowers do you or your redhead’s friends and family have? Share your secrets and celebrate your superhero status with us!

*Article originally appeared at Healthy Holistic Living.