Why redheads feel less pain (but that's no excuse to taunt them)
It's not easy being ginger and there are facts to prove it.
A Danish study has revealed that redheads are more sensitive to the cold and are more likely to suffer from toothaches.
However it's not all doom and gloom with the findings indicating that gingers are less susceptible to skin pain and can handle hot food!
Scientists believe they have isolated a gene that suggests redheads react differently to emotional situations
Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen, one of the researchers, said: 'Our tests showed that redheads are less sensitive to this particular type of pain.
'They react less to pressure close to the
injected area, or to a pinprick. They seem to be a bit better
protected, and that is a really interesting finding.'
Gingers are more likely to suffer from tooth aches but can handle spicy food
In recent years, research has suggested
that redheaded women experience pain in a different way to their brown
and blonde counterparts.
This has led scientists to theorise that redheads may possess a 'redhead'
gene, that is causing the fundamental differences.
Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen of the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction at Aalborg University has questioned any further consequences given the gene's close association with the central nervous
He said: 'It seems that MCR1 is involved in central functions in
the brain, and we know that subgroups like MC2R, MC3R and MC4R, which
are also linked to redheads, have considerable involvement in brain
'This could be the key to explaining why redheads are a little
different to other people.'
It is estimated that 2 percent of the world's population is redheaded. In
the northern hemisphere the figure is 6 percent and in Scotland 13