Can Vitamin C Help Heal Your New Tattoo?

When you get your fresh, new tattoo you might want to consider upping your dose of Vitamin C to help truncate your recovery time. You probably lather on the A&D ointment for a few days but have you ever considered adding Vitamin C to that mix? Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, plays a vital role in generating and repairing connective tissue. Here are some key points to consider.

1. Vitamin C + Amino Acids = Collagen

The main structure of collagen, or connective tissue, is ascorbic acid, proline and lysine. If you have a Vitamin C deficiency, then you’ll subsequently have a collagen deficiency. That means you won’t be able to repair connective tissue as efficiently and heal that tattoo wound.

2. Great Sources of Vitamin C

There’s a large selection of Vitamin C sources to choose from. When I got my tattoo work done, I ate bell peppers during my recovery time because just 3 mini-peppers packed nearly 300% DV of Vitamin C. You can also choose:

Oranges, Vitamin C Supplements, Kale, and Strawberries.

3. Focus on a Complete Recovery

For the best results, make sure you’re using every resource possible to encourage  fast and easy recovery. Protect your new tattoo, stay hydrated, and feed your body the nutrients it needs to rebuild that skin damage. I generally increase my Vitamin C intake, drink extra water, slightly increase my protein & BCAA intake, and try to keep it out of harm’s way.

Final Note

Vitamin C is a critical element to collagen synthesis. As far as I know, there’s no evidence that it DOES repair wounds faster in higher than normal doses. But, research shows that it is necessary to repair wounds. So, don’t consume as much Vitamin C as you physically can after you get a tattoo. Just make sure you’re getting the amount that your body needs (and maybe a little extra for good measure).

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