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So you’re looking for an excuse to get that tattoo you always wanted?  Well, there’s new research that seems to show your love of tattoos might actually help your immune system.

(Please Note: Getting a tattoo of someone’s name on you that you’ve only been seeing for a couple of months is not good for anybody, lol)

According to a study conducted at the University of Alabama, people with multiple tattoos might be better at fighting off one of the most common illnesses that people spend billions to fight every year: The common cold. According to documents, researchers went to local tattoo parlors to find potential participants for the study, and asked volunteers about the number of tattoos they have and the amount of time spent applying each one.

Participants then gave a saliva sample both before and after receiving a new tattoos, which researchers analyzed for the antibody immonoglobulin A, which helps fight common infections such as the common cold, and cortisol, a stress hormone that can interfere with immune system response.

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The researchers found that after receiving a new tattoo, levels of immunoglobulin A decrease, presumably as the body uses up antibodies fighting possible infection at the tattoo site. However, this drop was less pronounced the more tattoos a person already had. People getting their first tattoo saw a large decreased. People who already have a handful under their belt, not so much.

The researchers theorize that getting tattoos helps the body build up a new, higher threshold for the immune system.

“After the stress response, your body returns to an equilibrium,” said Christopher Lynn, an associate professor of anthropology, who led the research. “However, if you continue to stress your body over and over again, instead of returning to the same set point, it adjusts its internal set points and moves higher.”

It’s roughly the same principle that makes you stronger the more you go to the gym, researchers explained. Working out might tired you out, but the more you do it, the stronger your body gets and the more resistant you become to getting tired out in general. Getting a tattoo might increase your short-term risk of getting sick because…

…your immune system is already working hard fighting any possible infection, but afterwards, your immune system is better at fighting off common ailments than before the tattoo.

Although the research’s findings do potentially support the idea that getting tattoos strengthens the immune system, it needs further testing before anyone can say for sure. As the researchers themselves note, there are other possible explanations, including the idea that people with healthy immune systems are perhaps more likely to get multiple tattoos.

Basically, don’t go getting a tattoo just because you think it’ll help protect you from the common cold. But just make sure that whatever tattoo you get, it’s one that you’d want to see for a very long time.

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How Having Lots Of Tattoos May Be Good For You was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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7 thoughts on “How Having Lots Of Tattoos May Be Good For You

  1. Rosco P Coaltrain on said:

    hA,HA,HA,HA,HA. You just gotta love scared people like this who wish they were GOD, and who type stuff like this from a jail cell hiding behind typed words that have no valid reasoning at all. Poor little guy. We will pray that you don’t get beat up again because we can tell you must be getting yo butt kicked everyday by blacks in there…….Poor little helpless guy. Thanks for stopping by BAW.com
    Ha,ha,ha,Ha,ha

  2. There’s a good chance of getting hepatitis C. I too think tats look bad, especially on women, but on men too. Tats cheapen the look of many people.

  3. Rosco P Coaltrain on said:

    PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE STOP GETTING THE TATTOOS…….Young ladies are destroying their beautiful bodies with paintings all over themselves. I personally look at people who have a lot of tats as those people with very low self esteem of themselves trying to get something put on them that makes them feel better about themselves all the while not knowing that tats won’t do the trick. A trick is exactly what it is.
    Everyone of the beautiful women with all the tattoos on themselves look extremely UGLY…..I said it, you done went and messed up a beautiful thing that was perfect, but now you look like somebody using you as a coloring book. It’s not sexy, it’s not alluring, it’s not sharp, it’s not even looking good……Somebody done fooled you into believing that stuff looks good and why they fooled you into believing that is because YOU paying them hundreds of dollars to color on you. Stop that ugly stuff.

  4. There are all kinds of medications for the common cold, the symptoms don’t last a lifetime like a PERMANENT tattoo. If you read this and find this a good reason for getting a tattoo, your decision making skills are already flawed, FIND A MENTOR.

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