Pumpkin seeds are a balanced source of good proteins. They are very nourishing and energizing. In addition to protein, they are an excellent source of iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber, oil, and minerals. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, a mineral that aids the healing process and is useful in treating an enlarged prostate gland. Other nutrients are magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, potassium, niacin, folic acid, riboflavin and thiamin. They also contain pantothenic acid, unsaturated oils and antioxidants. These "activated" seeds are germinated in order to remove phytic acid for enhanced nutrient assimilation and easier digestion. Use them in your recipes, sprinkle them on salads and soups, or simply eat by the handful as a nutritious, sugar-free snack.