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List of the best foods for a cold, as ranked by food lovers and health care professionals. The beginning of a cold is a disastrous event. First there’s the itch in the back of your throat and then your sinuses start to get snuffed. Before you know it, you’re coughing and sneezing so much that your friends, family, and coworkers are doing everything to avoid you. Sure, you can chug some cough syrup and suck on lozenges, but the best way to keep sickness at bay is through diet. Plenty of foods carry the essential nutrients,including omega-3, probiotics, vitamin d, and vitamin c, which boost your immunity and ensure you stay healthy throughout flu season.

Certain foods hold vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients which are well known for raising immunity. Bitter greens like kale and spinach can relieve chest pains, cough, and congestion. Citrus, such as oranges, limes, and lemons, have plenty of vitamin C. These nutrients promote your white blood cell count so that your body can fight harmful bacteria.

What are your favorite foods for a cold? This list features everything from omega-3-rich fish to foods with tons of protein like chicken that will keep you healthy even when those around you get sick. If your favorite food to fight a cold isn't on the list of best foods when you have a cold, make sure to add it.

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Orange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Chicken Noodle Soup is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold
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Grapefruit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Orange juice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Garlic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Chicken is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Blueberry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Dark chocolate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Black tea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Chicken soup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold
julian-matthias added Chicken soup

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Green tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Yogurt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Banana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Anise seed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold
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Lime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Salmon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Cereal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Hazelnut is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Spinach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Almond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Tuna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Turkey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Walnut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Tomato soup is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold
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Flax seed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Carrot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Oat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold
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Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Mackerel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Pork is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Zwieback is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold
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White tea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Fennel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Oyster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Sweet potato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Kale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Brazil nut is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Kefir is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold

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Salad Rocket is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foods for a Cold