Redheads Feel Pain Differently Than the Rest of Us

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If you think redheads are inherently different, well, you'd be right; they're better than you. In fact, they have a higher pain threshold than most of us, and can handle spicier food, too.

It turns out that gingers are less sensitive to stinging pain in the skin, according to researchers who injected capsicum, the active ingredient in chilies, into the arms of patients. 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."

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The finding also means redheads can handle spicier food, reports Science Nordic. It lends some scientific weight to previous suggestions that gingers have a different pain response to the rest of, which were even investigated by Myth Busters.

All of which points to the fact that there is a ginger gene that brings with it these subtle differences. Proof, if you needed it, that gingers aren't just different; they're better. [Science Nordic; Image: PhotoCo]

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Wait, weren't there studies that showed they were MORE sensitive to pain?

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". As a result, redheads tend to be particularly nervous about dental procedures and are twice as likely to avoid going to the dentist as people with other hair colors, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Dental Association."

So which is it? Or are they more sensitive to another type of pain and just less sensitive to pinprick-type pain? We'll need to hurt more gingers to find out.