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A chocolate shake to help winter depression? Detox and mood-boosting smoothies from Paris juicing master

Grossman acknowledges the controversy over the nutritional benefits of chocolate. Pure cocoa is known to be rich in antioxidants and has been shown to help increase the feel-good and antidepressant chemical serotonin in the brain. But other studies have pointed out that men and women eat more chocolate as depressive symptoms increase, suggesting the sweet confectionery runs the risk of becoming an instant — and ineffective — gratification for psychological woes. But use good quality cacao in moderation and it becomes, for the average person, a feel-good mood booster. Use it in a chocolate, almond milk and flax seed shake, he suggests.Flax seeds are high in omega-3, a nutrient that’s also been shown to play a role in mood and depression. Studies have shown, for instance, a link between low levels of omega-3 and increased risk for depression.