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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