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According to science, they’re a genetic mutation, but then again, science fiction said the same thing about the ‘mutants’ from X-men, and there’s just no denying their cool factor.

Accounting for just 2 percent of the world’s population, redheads have some physical traits we black-haired, blonde, and brunette mortals can only dream of. In other words, they’re the wizards of the human world.

Here are some of the superpowers these human “unicorns” posses, outlined in scarlet-haired Erin La Rosa’s The Big Redhead Book:

Redheads make their own vitamin D, thank you very much

Due to originating from colder climates, redheads developed a stronger ability to create vitamin D, producing more from shorter stints in the sun. Helpful when you consider that vitamin D deficiency increases one’s risk of slipping into ill health.

They can handle the pain

A 2003 McGill University study showed that redheaded women can tolerate up to 25 percent more pain than people with other hair colours. They’re also harder to sedate, as another study conducted at the University of Louisville found that it takes 20 percent more general anesthetic to put a redhead under.

They know when it’s getting cold

Redheads feel hot and cold temperatures more severely than anyone else.

A 2005 study discovered that redheads feel hot and cold temperatures more severely than anyone else, due to the redhead gene, MC1R, which may overstimulate the human temperature-detecting gene and make redheads more sensitive to thermal extremes. So when a redhead tells you they’re feeling cold, best you start piling up the firewood because winter is ‘a comin’.

You can’t fake it to make it

Red hair from a bottle is almost always a dead giveaway, partly because red is a more intense colour, meaning it fades more quickly.

They aren’t all white

It may seem strange, but there are actually native redheads in places like Papua New Guinea and Morocco who have darker skin. Known as “ehu” by the Polynesians, they’re even considered to be with descendants of fire gods.

Redhaired or not, you need your daily dose of vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium and phosphorus so it can build and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Take Releaf Vitamin D3 and Releaf Calcium Complex (with Vitamin D3), which are products of natural origin that may assist with the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, as well as reducing the risk of osteoporosis when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.