Top 10 Myths About Melanin

That means melanin is worth over $350 a gram more than gold.

Melanin. It makes Black people black. Melanin is worth over $350 a gram more than gold. We love it. It has been four years now since we first learned that fact. However, apparently, some people feel the truth about that aromatic biopolymer is just too much for them to handle. Seems like they can not live in a world where melanin rich melaninaires know how high the price of that organic semiconductor is. If the people spreading lies about melanin truly believe this world is supposed to be the way them and the people who think like them want it to be, all they have to do is tell the truth.

Anyone who visits the websites promoting the fictions we smother with facts will see they make their money off ads, unlike us. Our goal here at is to build a value for value relationship with you, our visitors. Hopefully, you will value what we represent here, follow our blog, follow us on facebook, visit our store on line and purchase our products.

This post exists solely because we value the truth and we take great pride in sharing it. We went out and did the heavy lifting necessary to spread truth. Below are what we consider the top 10 myths about melanin.

This article is a work in progress. We have listed the myths here and will continue to update this with scholarly articles that demonstrate they are myths.

Let the lie burying begin.

  1. Melanin is being harvested by Melanin thieves
    • This myth is obviously an attempt to invoke a sense of fear and revulsion in people of melanin towards their high melanin level. As Marcus Garvey still tells us, “with confidence we have won before we have started.”
    • Human beings are NOT earth’s only source of melanin. Melanin is in animal fur, bird feathers, microorganisms, fish scales and the ink of cephalopods.
    • No one who promotes this myth ever mentions the name of the company that sells melanin. If they did libel and slander lawsuits would fly hard and fast.
    • It is easier to extract melanin from the ink of sepia officinalis, the common cuttlefish than it is to extract melanin from human skin.
    • The ink sac of sepia officinalis contains 1 gram of melanin
  2.  Melanin can be injected.
    • Apparently, the need to inject melanin motivates melanin thieves. Well okay. Technically, yes, you can take a hypodermic needle, fill it with melanin and inject it into your body. But guess what? That won’t do anything. Melanin production in the skin is an EXTREMELY complex process known as melanogenesis. Melanocytes produce melanin in our skin. That is where melanin originates. Injecting it won’t change the amount of melanin in somebody’s skin no matter how much they may wish that to magically happen.The science of melanin doesn’t work that way…sorry.The pictures of people who are supposed to have injected themselves with melanin actually injected themselves with α-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone aka MSH or Melanotan to cause their melanocytes to produce more melanin. FYI, Melanotan is considered carcinogenic and is not available for sale in many countries. It can be bought over the internet.Read our three part series on The Melanin Harvesting Urban Legend for more details.
  3. Melanin is carbon and has a molecular structure of six protons, six neutrons and six electrons that equal 666  or the mark of the beast.
    • Obviously a subliminal attempt to demonize the melanin rich. When you feel good about yourself its hard to feel bad about anyone or anything else. If it’s one thing we feel good about here at Keyamsha the Awakening, its melanin.
    • Allow us to demonstrate why this is a form of blasphemy. This references bible verse Revelation 13:18 where it says:
    • Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
    • The bible also tells us:
    • In Genesis 1:27So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. the first human was named Adam and his wife.
    • Then in Genesis 3:20:
    • And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

    • Why would God make two beings in his own image and then put the mark of the beast in them?

    • Does that mean God is the beast? This is the blasphemy we referred to above.

    • The most recent common ancestors of all human beings are from Africa. Mitochondrial Eve lived about 200,000 years ago in East Africa. “Y-chromosomal Adam” was a man who lived between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago. If God created us in his image and the first humans had high levels of melanin in their skin you can see why Atheism is on the rise. Is that scientific proof that God is Black?

    • Is it true that Carbon has 6 protons (positively charged particles), 6 neutrons (uncharged particles) and 6 electrons (negatively charged particles)? Okay let’s see about that.

    • Go to It is like a hidden, secret part of google that most people don’t know about.
    • Search for “six protons” “six neutrons” “six electrons.”
    • Of the 217 results the first should be “The isotopic mass defect: a tool for limiting molecular formulas by accurate mass.” It is from the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry August 2010, Volume 397, Issue 7, pp 2807–2816. 
    • In that article you will find this statement: “As an example, 12 C consists of six protons (accurate mass of 1.007277 u each), six electrons
      (accurate mass of 0.000548597 u each), and six neutrons (accurate mass of 1.008665 u each).
    • The book Natural Kinds by MA Khalidi – The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science, 2016 says the following on page 411 “An atom of carbon-12, for example, has six protons, six neutrons (each of which consist of three quarks), and (in a nonionized state) six electrons…”
    • Allan B. Cobb in his book “The Basics of Nonmetals” tells us on page 18 “Most carbon occurs in the form, or isotope, carbon-12 or C-12. Carbon-12 is very stable. It has six protons and six neutrons. Carbon-12 accounts for about 98.9 percent of all carbon.”
    • So yeah “carbon” has six protons, six neutrons and six electrons. Carbon-12 specifically which accounts for 98.9 percent of all carbon.
    • What is Carbon-12?  It is an element. The Georgia State University Department of Physics and Astronomy Hyperphysics website explains carbon as “forming more chemical compounds than any other element than hydrogen. Many of the chemicals in living organisms are hydrocarbons. The field of organic chemistry is primarily the chemistry of the compounds of carbon.” The page goes on to talk about graphite and even diamonds. No mention of melanin though. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry describes an element as “atoms with the same number of protons in the atomic nucleus…pure chemical substance composed of atoms with the same number of protons in the atomic nucleus.”
    • In google scholar put the phrase “melanin is carbon.” The result? “Your search – “melanin is carbon” – did not match any articles.”
    • Any questions?
    • Melanin by itself produces 267,000 results. Not one states “melanin is carbon”.
    • One of those articles is “The physical and chemical properties of eumelanin.” It describes melanin as a “chemical.” As shown above, carbon is an element. It makes up chemicals. Elements are the ingredients of chemicals, like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Elements can not be broken down by ordinary chemical means. Melanin is a chemical. It is an aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor. Melanin is produced through oxygenation of tyrosine in the presence of the enzyme Tyrosinase. Carbon is produced through the process of fusion of hydrogen with helium in stars.
    • Carbon having 6 protons, 6 neutrons and 6 electrons has no more to do with melanin than it does to do with tomato sauce.
    • Carbon may be the mark of the beast, but not melanin.
  4. Melanin reduces vitamin D levels.
    • According to Update in vitamin D. Very few people in the United States do not suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Based on data extracted from  the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 90% of the United States population with the highest skin melanin levels suffer from vitamin D insufficiency while nearly three fourths of the melanin challenged population does as well.
    • The 2015 study 24,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 and Vitamin D Status of Community-Dwelling Black and White Americans found “Blacks frequently have low total 25D without manifestations of vitamin D deficiency, suggesting that total serum 25D may incorrectly reflect vitamin D status in different racial groups.”
    • It has been shown individuals with high levels of skin melanin, “living at latitudes comparable to New England, can generate sufficient vitamin D during normal summer seasons to satisfy year-round VD3 requirements.
    • Does testing for vitamin D levels for people with high skin melanin occur in winter or summer?
    • People with high levels of skin melanin have low levels of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis even when living at high latitudes.
    • A 2013 New England Journal of Medicine study notes people who have Vitamin-D deficiency present indications of hyperparathyroidism, hypocalcemia, or low BMD. Since Black people lack those conditions another cause had to be found for their low levels of Vitamin-D.  Results found African people have a polymorphism in the Vitamin-D binding gene.
    • The 2016 study Free 25-Hydroxyvitamin D: Impact of Vitamin D Binding Protein Assays on Racial-Genotypic Associations which included participants from the US, UK and Gambia found results that contradicted the 2013 study findings but could not explain the lack of rickets or Osteomalacia (soft bones).
    • Where is the history of rickets and osteomalacia among enslaved Africans?
    • Did rickets and osteomalacia not prevail among enslaved Africans due to their skin melanin levels or calcium deficiency due to poor diet?
    • In the 17th century rickets was considered the English disease. Rickets was first discovered among the Greeks. If melanin causes low vitamin D then rickets should not have originated among people with low levels of cutaneous melanin.
    • Rickets has been found to be due to low levels of calcium, not Vitamin D. The disease manifested during the 1600s in Europe due to pollution from industrialization obscuring sunlight. Less sunlight led to less Vitamin D. What else could science have gotten wrong? It seems the problem of rickets, which became rare during the 20th century, reemerged at the end of the 20th century. But melanin levels did not magically increase during that time period.
    • What changed? Are African people spending too much time indoors?
    • End result, take cod-liver oil. It has 340% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D.
  5. Melanin levels are related to sunlight
    • Depends. If you look at the Fitzpatrick Scale it tells you everything you need to know.
    • There are six different skin types. Four of them burn. If skin melanin levels were related to sunlight NO ONE WOULD BURN. Melanin levels would increase with increased sunlight.
    • If melanin levels are related to sunlight everyone in the same environment would have the same level of skin melanin. So when Europeans go to say, Africa, the higher levels of sunlight would, eventually, change their skin melanin levels to match that of the rest of the people there. We know that does not happen. Even in Africa, people living in the same environment have different skin melanin levels. You will have different people in the same family in Africa with different skin melanin levels. Melanin production in skin is based on a number of factors. α-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone in sufficient levels will produce higher levels of melanin in skin.
    • The genes SLC24A5, SLC45A2, ASIP, and TYR, and OCA2 all have an effect on melanin levels in skin, hair and eyes. The amount of sunlight does not change their effect.
  6. Melanin theory.
    • Melanin theory began with Chemist James Woodford of Atlanta. In 1986 Woodford submitted an affidavit in a Cleveland Ohio court case. Black and Hispanic cadets who tested positive for THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in Marijuana. Woodford maintained that melanin in the urine of the cadets was responsible for a false positive result.
    • For the most part, melanin theory is probably one of the most biased articles on Wikipedia. If you read the article, it tries its best to present the notion that what they call melanin theory is “pseudoscientific Afrocentricity.” It makes no mention of James Woodford at all.
    • Google scholar only shows 58 results for “melanin theory.”
    • According to Wikipedia notable proponents of melanin theory are Frances Cress Welsing, Leonard Jeffries, and Naim Akbar yet in google scholar there are no articles in the results for “melanin theory” by ANY Afrocentrists.
    • The only reference to even mention a “melanin theory” in the wikipedia article is Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano’s “Melanin, afrocentricity, and pseudoscience.” The one time he mentions that phrase is in reference to Frank K. Barr.
  7. Only humans have melanin or human melanin is different from other melanin.
  8. Everyone has melanin or Only Black people have melanin.
  9. This one shows how complicated the
  10. The Atlanta Child murders were because of Black boys having melanin.

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