Doctor Reveals People With Ginger Hair Have Four Hidden 'Super Powers'
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A doctor has revealed that people with ginger hair have four hidden 'super powers' and maybe you'll recognise them in your red-haired friends or even yourself. Here Dr Karan Raj explains himself:
Apparently the four powers are: detecting temperature changes, smelling better, making more vitamin D and having a higher pain threshold.
The latter is so important in fact that Dr Raj advises anyone with (naturally) ginger hair should tell their doctor/s if they're having surgery because they might need to administer more anaesthetic.
Speaking on his latest TikTok video, Dr Raj (@dr.karanr) said: "If you have red hair you have four secret superpowers, according to science.
"You're way better at detecting temperature changes. Researchers think the MC1R gene - the red hair causing gene - over activates the temperature detecting gene. If a ginger person says they feel cold, winter's coming.
"Redheads smell better. You all have this thin acidic film on the surface of our skin the acid mantle combination of lipids from oil glands and amino acids from sweat.
"This mantle is more acidic in redheads causing perfumes to evaporate more quickly giving a unique scent."
Dr Raj went on to say: "Redheads make more vitamin D. When a redhead goes outside they can produce more vitamin D in a shorter amount of time than any other hair colour.
"Some redheads but not all my other higher pain threshold. It might be due to the fact that the ginger gene also has a role to play in pain processing.
"If you're naturally ginger you need to tell your doctors before surgery because you might need more anaesthetic or more pain relief."
He went on to add a comment on the video which explained: "The link between red hair & pain sensitivity isn't fully understood so some might have a greater pain sensitivity - but important before surgery!"
Commenting on the video, one person wrote: "I fit contraceptive implants and have learnt that red heads need more lidocaine, they get extra half a ml."
Another added: "They always need more anesthesia [sic] for dental surgery! At least that's what 23 years of practice taught me."
And a third said: "Can confirm this is all true. Any slight change in temp and my body freaks out. Pain threshold thing is very true."