Maple syrup is high in manganese and zinc.
The zinc in maple syrup helps fight atherosclerosis as well as it is a very important mineral for men. Low levels of zinc in the prostate gland relate to a higher risk level for prostate cancer. Zinc helps reduce prostate size and is essential for a healthy reproductive system. Both zinc and manganese boost the immune system and manganese is an important cofactor in enzymes that produce antioxidant defenses.
Organic maple syrup is processed without the use of formaldehyde, and any synthetic pesticides or herbicides are used on the trees. As well there is a limit to the number of taps on a tree. The darker amber maple syrups have more minerals than the lighter amber (the early season tapping).
Maple syrup is collected in the eastern provinces in Canada and the United States. The Native Indians of North America would make a cut in the bark of the maple tree with a tomahawk then collect the syrup with birch bark. It would then be reduced by dropping hot stones in the syrup to evaporate the water or by freezing the syrup and taking off the frozen water layer on top.