Parvaneh Assa PhD, CNP

Parvaneh Assa, PhD, CNP, is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, North York Campus. Before changing her career path towards natural health and holistic nutrition, Parvaneh achieved her PhD in molecular biology and genetics from The Middle East Technical University (rated among the top 100 universities in the world) with a high honors degree on full scholarship.  After graduation she worked as a faculty member at different universities in Turkey. Besides teaching undergraduate and graduate students, she managed her granted projects, was an active scientist in university-industry cooperation projects and also participated in several scientific projects in different European countries and published her research results in different international journals. Most recently she taught recombinant DNA Technology and Genetic Engineering at York University.
Parvaneh is particularly passionate about gut health, microbiome, stress management, and how our genetics impacts our nutritional needs. She strongly believes in the body’s innate ability to cure itself, provided it is given proper nutrition.  Parvaneh is a strong advocate in the importance of teaching the public about healthy ways of eating and the prevention of disease through proper nutrition. She is very enthusiastic about combining her previous knowledge with her holistic nutrition knowledge within her clinical practice to be able to serve her clients in a more advanced way.  Parvaneh teaches Body Metabolism at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition Toronto and Mississauga campuses.

  • BM 002 Body Metabolism

    Nutrition is intimately linked with body metabolism. The goal of this course is to give you an understanding of what the body does with the food we eat. We begin with a detailed study of enzymes including the importance of vitamins and minerals. We then examine metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as reactions used to rid our body of wastes such as urea and uric acid. The key role of the liver in metabolism will be emphasized throughout the course. Other topics will include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers and the effects of low carbohydrate diets, including the effect on insulin/glucagon ratio, gluconeogenesis, ketosis and more.