How long does CoQ10 take to work? This is a very common question; we see it posted constantly on health and fitness forums, and we have been asked it a number of times in emails and comments.
It’s not surprising that so many people are wondering how long it takes for CoQ10 to work. CoQ10 is one of the most rapidly-growing supplements on the market. It is increasingly being added to pre-made supplement stacks such as energy supplements and heart health stacks. It is also increasingly being used as a standalone, general health-boosting, anti-ageing supplement.
But the thing about CoQ10 is that it is a very slow-acting supplement. Although it is sometimes an ingredient in high-quality energy supplements, CoQ10 does not have a particularly “noticeable” effect on energy. That is, it doens’t make you “feel” any more energetic even though it does promote energy metabolism in your cell mitochondria. It is also far slower in acting than other supplements.
Because CoQ10 does not have any noticeable immediate effects, people sometimes wrongly assume that it is not working at all.
So let’s answer this question properly, once and for all: how long does CoQ10 take to work?
How long does CoQ10 take to start working?
CoQ10 works by increasing energy metabolism in your cell mitochondria, and by protecting your cells from oxidative damage.
It therefore only really starts to have a noticeable effect once your mitochondria have “loaded up” on CoQ10. It takes time for your cellular CoQ10 levels to become optimal for energy metabolism.
Generally speaking, it takes 5 weeks of solid CoQ10 supplementation for your cells to reach “saturation” point.
How long until you feel the effects of CoQ10?
While your CoQ10 levels will not be optimal until 4-6 weeks after you start taking it, most people feel more energetic after the first week of daily CoQ10 supplementation (when using Ubiquinol, which is faster acting than ubiquinone).