If you would like to get the benefits of a stronger immune system then getting multiple tattoos might be a way to go accorrding to a study made by The University of Alabama. The Researchers claim that having multiple tattoos can help you fight off common infections such as the Cold.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but having one small tattoo wouldn’t make a difference. You need to have multiple pieces.
how it works:
1) In the beginning your body is weakened because it is trying to cope with the ink that has been injected into it. So a stress hormone called cortisol increases. Your body tries to fight the foreign object causing your immune system to increase the production of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (antibody is a blood protein produced to attack foreign particles by sticking to their antigen).
2) After a few days your body starts to gain back it’s strength. So the levels of antibodies and stress hormones go back to normal.
According to the journal of human biology, researchers took blood tests of people getting their first tattoo and people getting tattooed who already have tattoos. by comparing their blood tests they found that those that had their first tattoo had decreased levels of immunoglobulin A and increased levels of cortisol.
While those who have been tattooed before only had a small drop of their immunoglobulin A levels, showing that their immune system is stronger.
How this works is that when you stress the body several times , like in tattooing, it adjusts so it doesn’t stress as easily as before.
This study however has only been conducted on 5 men and 24 women, so further research needs to be made, but the sample is big enough to show that there is indeed something to tattooing affecting the immune system positively.
I would like if they also do a study we’re there take into consideration the psychological impact of getting your first tattoo. I know I was nervous as hell getting mine. So I think that could play a factor in the results, as people who usually get tattooed wouldn’t be as stressed.
I will definitely be following this topic, keep an eye out for updates.