Move Over Blondies: Redheads Are Proven To Be Genetically Gifted, As Per Research

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Blonde hair, brown hair, red hair, rainbow hair — we don't care! Here at FHM we think women of all shades are beautiful. That being said, a couple of scientific studies have offered evidence to suggest that redheaded women (and men for that matter) are genetically superior. While we were hesitant to believe that something as trivial as hair color could have an impact on things like pain tolerance and body temperature, the proof is in the pudding, guys, and we can't deny this compelling research.

Perhaps the most ironic aspect of these studies is that from a societal and beauty standpoint, redheads are often the butt of the joke — at this point, terms like "firecrotch" and "ginger" should be coming to mind. Well, turns out, the joke is on society because redheads are doing the damn thing. Still don't believe us? Let's breakout the scientific big guns, shall we?

A 2003 McGill University study showed that redheaded women can tolerate up to 25 percent more pain than those with other hair colors. The medial community has determined that this pain tolerance stems from a MC1R gene mutation. The evidence continued with The University of Louisville who also found that it takes 20% more general anesthesia to put a redhead under. Additionally, while a brown haired individual might only need one shot of Novocaine at the dentist, a redhead needs two or three.

This mutation is also responsible for a couple of other awesome advantages. For example, redheads need less Vitamin D and can even produce more Vitamin D in a shorter amount of time than those with other hair colors. WTF, who knew?! According to WebMD Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, sever asthma in children and even cancer. Needless to say, the redheads are winning, y'all.

Of course, these studies are focused strictly on natural redheads, you can't very well run to the nearest drug store and change your genetic fate — these superpowers aren't sold by the bottle.

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