The Rate and Reasons of Using Nutritional Supplements among Male-bodybuilders in Mazar-e-Sharif City, Afghanistan


Nazifullah Andishmand
Abdul Hafiz Majedi


Background: Nutritional supplements are products that consumed widely by sport populations around the world. The literature study of this research shows that only one article was published in 2011 about rate of using nutritional supplements among British Soldiers in Afghanistan. And there was not found any study in this case in Aghanistan. The main objectives of this study were to detect the rate and reasons of using nutritional supplements among male-bodybuilders of Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Material and Methods: This study was conducted by analytical-descriptive via research questionnaires. At first, ten gyms were randomly selected from the all gyms of Mazar-e-Sharif city. There were distributed 130 questionnaires among male-bodybuilders randomly and 112 persons were responded to questionnaires. After collection of questionnaires, the data was analyzed by using of SPSS and defined the rate, reason and types of food supplements that were prevalent and used among male-bodybuilders of Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Findings: Current research shows that the male-bodybuilders of Mazar-e-Sharif city’s gyms usually use four types of nutritional supplements, including Protein (90.2%), Creatine (87.5%), Carbohydrates (83.9 %) and Vitamins (86.7%). Also there were pointed four reasons for using of nutritional supplements by body-builders which are including of: weight increasing (25%), energy providing and endurance (37.5), increasing mass of muscles and, strength (19.7), and weight decreasing (17.8).
Conclusion: A dietary or nutritional supplement is intended to provide nutrients that require for human body. Analyzing of current research data shows that the male-bodybuilders of Mazar-e-Sharif city’s gyms usually use four types of nutritional supplements including Protein, Creatine, Carbohydrates and Vitamins supplements. Also, there were pointed four reasons for using of nutritional supplements (weight increasing, energy providing and endurance, increasing mass of muscles and strength, and weight decreasing) among male-body-builders of Mazar-e-Sharif city.


Bodybuilders, Creatine, Carbohydrate, Nutritional supplements, Protein, Vitamins


How to Cite
Andishmand, N., & Majedi, A. H. (2023). The Rate and Reasons of Using Nutritional Supplements among Male-bodybuilders in Mazar-e-Sharif City, Afghanistan. NUIJB, 2(04), 87–94. Retrieved from


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