New research suggests that getting tattoos might actually strengthen the immune system.
AL.com – Anthropology professor Chris Lynn led a study that showed that people who get multiple tattoos have a better immune response than those with little experience with the needle. His paper, which also included work from University of Alabama graduate students, appeared online March 4 in the American Journal of Human Biology.
Lynn and his students measured the amount of immunoglobulin A and cortisol in the saliva of people receiving tattoos, and asked questions about their tattoo history. People receiving their first tattoos showed evidence of immune system stress, but the immune response of veterans indicated they had adjusted, and even benefited from receiving multiple tattoos.
Getting tattoos creates immune system stress, however, the response diminishes after a particular person has had multiple tattoos. This seems to indicate that the immune system has hardened through the tattoo process.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Is it healthy to suffer multiple stresses to strengthen our immune system, or should we just pass on the stress?